Dry needling is a specialized technique that focuses on targeting trigger points in your muscular system. By using hollow-core hypodermic needles trigger points are targeted to relieve muscle pain. This is used as a common therapeutic method for people with myofascial pain syndrome and other muscle-related discomfort. Dry needling stimulates the muscles to relieve tension at the root.
Like acupuncture, dry needling can be used to target points with purpose and deliberate placement. However, dry needling targets muscles based on physical therapy and chiropractic principles of the muscular system. This educational targeted needling is the key distinction between dry needling and acupuncture. Dry needling is focused on the connection between trigger points and techniques that require a degree of training, certification, and continued education. At ESP, we believe in practicing chiropractic and physical therapy techniques that have a solid physiological and orthopedic basis.